Let's Play ArmA! [1, 2 and 3]

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Let's Play ArmA! [1, 2 and 3]

I know that not everyone plays ArmA 2 in here, but I'm sure few of you do.

So lets use this thread and organize some MP serious small-scale COOP games? Smile

UPDATE: Since this thread became a really popular one, I expanded it to include all 3 ArmA series. So from now on this thread is a general ArmA thread and should include but is not limited to ArmA series related discussions.

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Sounds good, although I am fairly certain several ARMA 2 threads have already been created Wink

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Sounds good, although I am fairly certain several ARMA 2 threads have already been created Wink

I know, I made several about some missions and stuff, but if there is already a general thread on A2 play, then sorry for duplicating.

Can we use this one from now on? Like the TR one for example Biggrin

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Seems we are using it for now

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Can I get the links to your maps again MAVEN? I didnt save them. Thanks Smile

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Original thread - http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?143703-MVD-Mission-Pack

Armaholic link - http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=18219

Please note that the 1.5 version has some bugs, I already fixed them in 1.6 but I'll release after I add new features and another mission.

There's also a feature update on the thread end (comments)

If you guys like this kinda stuff, I may as well make one-two SAS-like missions with MVD characters but British comms.

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Hey guys, I just got my ArmA 2 bundle today.

Actually, I was going to purchase ArmA 2 X bundle, but since I work in a country that is not safe for bank account transfers I decided to seek alternate ways of buying the games, possibly via SMS as money is not the problem but ways of buying is.

To my surprise, one of the admins/mods bought me the whole bundle LOL, you don't see that every day, such a generous gesture by developers community.

To put it simple. I got steam today and I'm installing ArmA 2 now (later OA so I get CO and all of its DLC's..)

So if you are up for some games when I install A2, share your steam nickname and I will send an invite.

Additionally, it would be of great help if someone told me how to properly install A2 and OA to make them into CO for steam. And is it possible to remove campaign content from A2 and OA to save up on some disk space?? ~30GB is kind of a lot if I am going to install all of that, my disks are already full with lots of stuff and I'm running low on disk space.

Cheers Smile

P.S. Have you tried my missions yet? Wink

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I think if you have Arma2 installed and you then install OA, it turns into Combined Ops. That's what happened to me. But I'm not sure if this is true ^_^

Either way, looking forward to playing with you if we can Smile

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I think if you have Arma2 installed and you then install OA, it turns into Combined Ops. That's what happened to me. But I'm not sure if this is true ^_^

Either way, looking forward to playing with you if we can Smile

Yeah, that's what I've been told. BI fixed the A2/OA CO issue with the latest patches, so OA autodetects all expansions and DLC's then combines them into one game (Launched via OA)

If you want to play some coop missions send me your steam details in PM so I can add you.

And by the way, I found several really good mods. Thirsk (2 new maps with winter terrains), a winter camo pack, winter snowfall addon and a huge small coop mission pack for those.

It requires just ArmA 2 to use the mods, and since it's a winter (My side at least) we could play that Blum 3

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interesting map pack MAVEN. Soon as i can get my computer up and running i will get on some games soon.

Good to see you Yogi up and running in ARMA2

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"I would also like to note that this mission pack contains violent scenery, thus I don't recommend it for anyone bellow 21 years old."

Oh no! Do you think I can handle it? ;P

Looking forward to trying them out. Although, if it doesn't tell me that I'm done, I may just go insane lol.

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Going to try out your maps now Maven Smile

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Maven's Mission Pack:

Hostage Rescue -

There seemed to be only 1 enemy unit who met us at the door and laid down to shoot at us through said door. Other than this odd situation, I think the mission over all was very well put together. I could not understand what was going on over radio at all - I think it was in another language.

I was afraid with the warning that we would have to assess the mission completion ourselves that I would be unable to complete the missions, but with clear tips like "Alpha clear, Bravo; move in" and "Hostages secure, return to FOB", I was reassured that I was going in the right direction.

Ambush the suspicious vehicle from the crates -

Another nice setup, with odd execution. Admittedly, I did not really read the entire briefing and was a little rushed, but I was unsure of what exactly I was supposed to be doing. We ended up taking down a number of "suspicious vehicles" and racking up civilian casualties.

Overall I like the mission pack so far and I like the idea of a different kind of mission. I think in the future I just have a lot to learn about patience, reading/memorizing the mission plan, and deliberate action in the field. I always have this bit of problem in ArmA; I don't always know what's supposed to happen next, and I get impatient and rush a lot of things. I always end up engaging enemies that I could have worked around slowly, or running head first into a platoon of enemies when we could have ambushed them or something from a different position. Eventually I think I will get used to the very slow, yet very realistic pace of ArmA 2.

Sorry for the walls of text - I just wanted to give some feedback. I ended up giving my life story eh?

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Thanks for your feedback guys Smile

Yogi, long read but surely worth it Wink

To clarify:

The violent scenery is removed in released missions, even though it's removed there are some levels of violence still, so I put that warning. I doubt there's any SWAT 4/RVS player that would be upset by the released missions content, let alone by the removed one.

Both missions have lots of bugs (that I fixed for the next release) because they are designed to be random (each play is slightly different) so if you encounter an odd situation replay the mission lol

About comms, they are in Russian, because MVD is Russian, not that the comm speech really matters anyway. They talk about basic stuff you can understand from notes, of which speaking of I suggest you read them if you want to execute MVD Pack missions properly, because MVD tactics are a lot different than other units.

In future releases (after new year) MVD Mission Pack missions will have floorplans, smarter AI and even more randomness. Also, another mission should be added by then as well.

Thanks for trying the missions out Smile

P.S. When are we going to organize some kickass co-op in A2? Blum 3

P.S. 2. A floorplan made for Barricaded Suspects mission (the one with hostages):

IMAGE(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/98991809/flplandemo.jpg)

Would like some feedback, specially from expert S4 players Blum 3

For those wondering, the entire picture is digital (vector) not really drawn on paper, but made to look so. You can find more info about it on the original thread link.

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Bump me if you're ever playing.

My idea of CQB is running in with a sword.

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I'm Leandros8 on steam. or if that doesn't work, try Jester. one of those will work. Hit me up if you guys ever get any arma 2 co op running, i'll be there.

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Me, Fluffy and Yogi have been playing ARMA 2 semi-regularly over the past week or thereabouts. We organise them via xfire usually, so if you're online there it'd be easier for us to organise it.

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Just downloaded ArmA II Free to try the experience.

It's interesting, so far I just made the first missions in boot camp and it's definitely difficult to get used to. It's an army simulator, alright. No crutches. Enemy spotting and aircraft controlling are as hard as they must be in real life. (Wouldn't know myself) :S

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Operation Arrowhead Boot camp is waaaayyy better. The ArmA II one shows you how to...walk around...and shoot a gun. Things that you could find out for yourself VERY easily. The OA boot camp gets into detail about how to play the game.

I'll play with ya iffen ya want to...if my internet let's us of course lol Smile

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LOL, welcome to A2 universe MM.

You will get used to it eventually.

About boot camps. Both A2 and A2OA boot camps suck big time.

A friend of mine made a complete firing range (compatible with A2Free) that teaches you how to properly do things + gives you accurate and military data simulated in game. His server is usually "17" we host games sometimes, so if you see the server do join and if the condition is right he may fire up the firing ranges mission for some awesome training.

I personally taught over 20 people how to perform and use some real Spetsnaz and MVD tactics in A2, such as tagging, breaching, cover assertion etc. While my friend taught people how to properly aim targets, use advanced formations, perform bounding and test their performance with field tables used in real army.

Complete boot camp missions and you are ready to go Blum 3

I also suggest a mission called Armoured Recon (My favorite, find it on Armaholic) it's for SP, very simple, dynamic and utilizes all of basics while you are just part of an AI controlled team.

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These sound pretty sweet Maven. Could you link them maybe?

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I can't, the firing range is my friends project which he keeps private and for personal use. In fact releasing it in public wouldn't be a good idea at all as it uses real military data and even has in-game computers for field table selection, customization and scoring.

It's cool, but if you want to try it you will need to be very lucky lol

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I forgot to mention. I didn't know this myself otherwise I would have used it already.

You can have ArmA 2 Combined Operations by just buying ArmA 2 OA (which was 2-3 euros on sale recently) The way you get this is by installing ArmA 2 Free and A2 OA, then using a specific parameter in your shortcut. It will work without flaws, however some objects and textures will appear in lower quality.

Also worth mentioning is that British Armed Forces, Army of Czech Republic and Private Military Company DLC's come with OA but as Lite packages preinstalled (lower textures and models) which you can later buy if you have a high end system that is.

Simply put. You can play CO with all the cool mods by just buying OA.

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Hey man, big tip about ARMA is do not judge SP. It sucks, plain and simple. That's why most people simply stick to MP. I use steam way more than XFIRE, that's a shame but if I see you on, I'll be there.

My idea of CQB is running in with a sword.

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SP sucks in campaign (OA one not that much) but some SP missions are better than MP ones.

Try Advancing Power (for all of those islands) Flashpoint (for all islands supported) and Armoured Recon (personal favorite) they are all both for vanilla A2 and vanilla OA. And by far they are like ultimate sandboxes. Not even any domination mod, insurgency, dayz or ace mission can top them. The sad part is there are no MP versions of those, because if there were some that would be freaking awesome.

What's your steam BTW?

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Ryean1.

My idea of CQB is running in with a sword.

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So how exactly do you guys organize these? will you guys just send me a message on xfire, or plan them ahead of time somehow, or?

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Just had a fun session yesterday. I joined by being on xfire, asking who's playing and also seeing ts3 channel viewer. So if people are on these you can assume S4 or A2 is rolling.

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We usually just ask via Xfire. Just ask if you catch us on, me and Master and Yogi are usually up for some if we ask.

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Ryan. Got too many results. Can't find which one is you. Can you give me your Steam URL?

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I added you mate. Whenever you see me on, just bump me and I'll get around to it. Surprised you guys don't have training and regular game nights like other teams, would be easy for me to pop on then. What mods do I need MAVEN?

My idea of CQB is running in with a sword.

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